LG Chairman in Cross River dies a day to election
The chairman of Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, Mrs Esther Bassey, is dead.
According to report, Bassey died after attending a meeting on how to perfect strategies for Saturday’s election.
An aide to the deceased, who spoke on the development, said the late chairman (fondly called Queen of the South) was hale and hearty last night.
The aide stated, “She attended a series of meetings to prepare for tomorrow’s presidential election. She held some meetings yesterday close to the night.
“She showed no signs of exhaustion or sickness when she retired later in the evening.” the aide added.
The former council boss reportedly passed on in her sleep around 4am in Calabar.
Until her death, Bassey, was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
‘Two police officers, five civilians shot in attack’ on Zamfara PDP guber candidate’s convoy
Dauda Lawal, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara, says seven persons sustained gunshot injuries following an attack on his convoy.
In a statement on Friday, Lawal accused the state’s anti-thuggery committee of being behind the attack, which he said occurred around the A.A. Rano filling station, off Sani Abacha way, on Thursday.
The PDP candidate said his wife and her entourage were the occupants of the vehicles in the convoy at the time.
Describing the incident as “horrific”, Lawal said two police officers and five civilians were shot and are currently receiving medical treatment in Gusau, the Zamfara capital.
“During the attack, two of my police security escort, an inspector, and a sergeant alongside five other civilians were shot and are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau,” he said.
“You can recall that about a month ago, the same anti-thuggery committee stormed the Gusau central motor park in Gestapo style and killed two innocent civilians, including a little kid, for political reasons.”
He also asked security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack face justice.